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Clinton Portis DID Fall Down On Purpose Against The Rams

Clinton Portis just wrapped up his weekly radio appearance on 106.7 the fan, and the first thing he was asked about was the play in last week's game when he appeared tackle himself; something a NFL running back would never ever EVER do ... or so I thought.

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Apparently, falling down on purpose is exactly what he did. Cindy Boren has the transcript:

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"I did fall on purpose. ...All week long we were coached to sacrifice yardage for the ball. ... I wasn't going to risk somebody grabbing my arm, snatching my arm."

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Hm. I guess that makes sense, but it's just a little bit surprising to hear Portis admit it. I would understand if Portis opted to hold the ball close to his chest instead of stretching it out for an extra yard or two, but the way he went about making sure he didn't fumble just seems odd and counter intuitive.

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Being so worried about fumbling that he can't take what might have just been a routine hit, doesn't speak very strongly about his confidence as a runner at this point.

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